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"Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats." ~Voltaire
2011 Montana Legislature
- Analysis shows possible state budget overrun of $373M after 2011 Montana Legislature
The analysis shows that if the 2011 Legislature funds state services at the current level and spends $74 million to bail out state pension funds again - along with $22 million to cover cost overruns - state general fund spending would exceed tax collections by $373 million.
- The PrintingForLess.com January Newsletter
This month we're lending proof that direct mail is unquestionably effective, introducing a durable new product, and offering a bundle of useful design extras...for free!
- TechRanch Launches GREEN Special Interest Group, 2/1, Bozeman, Montana
Monday, February 1, from 5:30-7:30 pm in the TechRanch conference room, TechRanch will launch a Special Interest Group targeted at the Clean Energy Industry.
- TechRanch Event: MBRCT Now Accepting Proposals For Funding, 2/2, Bozeman, Montana
please join us as Dave Desch, Executive Director of the Montana Board of R & C Technology (MBRCT), talks to us about the R & C Board and criteria the board takes into account when considering proposals for funding.
Highway 12 Ventures
- Leading US angel investor, Bill Payne to help Kiwi businesses in New Zealand
A group of New Zealand businesses and business development agencies has clubbed together to bring leading American angel investor Bill Payne here for six months to share his knowledge with Kiwi entrepreneurs, investors and universities.
- My Thoughts On The Idaho Technology Council
Given that the ITC represents the single most important undertaking I’ve seen in my ten years in Idaho as it relates to the tech industry, I think it’s worthwhile to share my founding member’s perspective.
- Modwest Launches WordPress Blog AutoInstaller
Modwest CEO John Masterson said, "When we asked our customers how we could improve our services, the top-voted answer in our Grupthink-powered customer community was a WordPress autoinstaller. Only by responding to feedback like this can we compete effectively in a crowded market, so we set a team to the task and deployed the new feature as quickly as we could."
Come Home Montana
- Montana Ambassadors Honor the 2010 Governor's Arts Awards Winners
The Governor's Arts Awards program honors outstanding citizens and organizations in Montana whose achievements in the arts benefit all Montanans.
- History of Montana's Place Names Now Available on Web
"We're delighted to be able to offer this Web site to the people of Montana," said Jennie Stapp, CIO and Digital Library Director at the Montana State Library. "We hope that the book and the Web site work together to inspire Montanans to explore our beautiful state and to share their knowledge, photos, and historical materials with us to further contribute to the information we can make available about Montana."
- Ranked as top employer, financial services firm Edward Jones plans to hire 20 workers across Montana
Edward Jones also ranked No. 1 for large-sized companies, said Jeff Twohig, a Missoula-based financial adviser with the company.
Montana Economic Development
- Brightsun Technologies® of Billings, Montana Issues Public Offering
Brightsun Technologies, at http://www.brightsuntech.com, is a premier developer of software and web-enabled solutions for personal injury litigation, human services management, and life care planning.
Regional Economic Development
- New $215 million, 230-kilovolt Montana Alberta Tie Line may foster wind farms
With calls for more renewable energy increasing, new plain-looking pole-and-wire projects such as MATL are sprouting up in anticipation of the construction of more eye-catching wind farms.
- What Happens When the Economy Eats the Planet?
We're living beyond the means Earth has provided for us.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- Job Search Secrets: Targeting Done Right
Applicants should tailor their pitch to focus on what they can do for the company they're targeting, not on what they have accomplished in the past.
Funding and Building your Business
- Organizers seek $100 million to start Wisconsin venture fund
Financial services company Credit Suisse First Boston LLC will manage the fund.
Incubators and R&D
- Are Your Salespeople Professionals?
Many people study business, accounting, marketing, management, but not sales. Isn’t it interesting that selling is not a profession where people study and practice specific skills and knowledge prior to engaging in the trade.
- A Geek's Guide To Hiring Marketing People
What do you ask someone in an interview to determine whether they have the ability to spread the word about your still-v0.9-quality product?
Montana Education Excellence
- Sirti Perspective 2009 - Sirti Clients Create / Retain 1,225+ High Paying Jobs
Despite the challenging business environment of 2009, Sirti client company results demonstrate continued innovation, solid success in receiving investment capital, and an impressive ability to retain and create high paying technology jobs.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Study of Health Care - Montana's Medical Education, Training, and Incentive Programs
This briefing paper summarizes the programs currently available in Montana to educate medical students, provide hands-on training, and help doctors pay off educational debt.
- One-day math/science conference at Montana State University for girls seeks presenters, sponsors
MSU conference organizers seek female employees and students who can present and serve as role models for junior high-aged girls interested in science and math careers.
University Business Plan Competitions
- MSU Extension program receives $873,963 grant to assess tribal homes for health
The grant is from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and will create the national Tribal Healthy Homes Assessment and Training Center at MSU.
- The Kauffman Foundation estimates there may be as many as 700 university-sponsored business-plan competitions, and this slide show highlights 15 major ones.
Have a dream but starved for start-up capital? Enter one of these 15 university-sponsored contests.
- Idaho Division of Tourism creates virtual tours
Agency administrator Karen Ballard says the interactive tours, some featuring the sounds of bird chirps and rushing water, will show off Idaho's natural beauty to people unfamiliar with the state.
Utah Economic Development
- Oregon Passes Tax Boost on Wealthy, Corporations
Oregon voters approved two special tax measures Tuesday designed to close a $733 million state budget gap.
Washington State Business
- USTAR e-Connections: January 2010
The Utah Science Technology and Research initiative (USTAR) is a long-term, state-funded investment to strengthen Utah's "knowledge economy." This revolutionary initiative invests in world-class innovation teams and research facilities at the University of Utah and Utah State University, to create novel technologies that are subsequently commercialized through new business ventures.
- State’s farmers to get millions for marketing
Federal money: But future could bring freeze
- Researchers Suggest Starting Science Lessons in Pre-School
“The commonly held view that young children are concrete and simplistic thinkers,” the report said, “is outmoded.” It is refuted, some experts added, by decades of research in cognitive science and developmental psychology.
- American Colleges Lag in Meeting Workforce Needs
Computer science, appear to be highly responsive to labor-market trends, while others, like medicine and dentistry, are largely unaffected by changes in employment opportunities.
- Play, Then Eat: Shift May Bring Gains at School
Schools that have tried it report that when children play before lunch, there is less food waste and higher consumption of milk, fruit and vegetables. And some teachers say there are fewer behavior problems.
- 'Superman', John Legend 'shine' Sundance light on schools
A convenient truth greeted John Legend when the singer contacted documentary director Davis Guggenheim about collaborating on a film to examine the nation's public-school system.
- Is it time to restructure higher education? The provision of higher education services is a business.
One potential model is to allow the state’s universities to transition to business enterprise status.
Connectivity & Communications
- Governor Schweitzer Announces More than $6 Million in Savings from Cancelled Building Projects
“Just like Montana families have to make tough decisions about finances in these times, so does state government,” said Governor Brian Schweitzer. “We will continue to be accountable for every dollar.”
- Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer airs frustrations with Smurfit-Stone over lack of communication
"As you know, I have spent many hours over the last eight days trying to set up a conversation with you to no avail," Schweitzer wrote. "Starting on Wednesday, Jan. 20, we have been reaching out repeatedly to open up communication doors with you and the company. Many times over this period my efforts to set up such a conversation with you have been rebuffed."
Energy and Climate Change
- Dutch Software Helps Kill Personal Data on Internet - Suicide Machine Web 2.0
Interestingly, it does not delete your account on the particular social network you want removed. It empties the entire contents of your account.
- Rural Areas Win More Than $309 Million in Broadband Stimulus Grants
Most of the 14 grants went to last-mile projects, the primary stimulus focus of the RUS.
- Is Biomass the Brave New World of Energy?
It was an idea hatched in algae. Now its creators believe it could grow into a better way to power the West, and possibly beyond.
- Step toward unlimited energy on Earth - Focusing 192 lasers on one little target
Focusing 192 beams on a single point, scientists at Lawrence Livermore Lab move closer to harnessing the forces that power the sun.
- The New Economy: A Glitzy Future?
The GL-ITC, a single, massive data center, will have greater processing power, stronger security, uninterrupted availability, broader scope and a significantly lower carbon footprint. The goal is not only efficiency but also job creation and advancement of the IT sector, in keeping with the state's New Economy Partnerships program.
- Electric cars crash into grid
Plugging in an all-electric car today may blow the fuse box in your home or even black out the neighborhood — and your utility has no way to anticipate or prevent it.
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